The Bookshelf

I was a bit of a late bloomer to the world of loving to read.  Once I started reading nonfiction, I fell in love and became hooked.  Honestly, it was Hubby who encouraged me to find something I love reading.  Needless to say, I rarely read fiction.  The Bookshelf is where I'm dropping the books I've loved reading.  I hope you'll find something to tickle your reading fancy.

Title: Living in a Foreign Language
Author: Michael Tucker
Type: Memoir

If you dream of traveling or living in Italy, this is a wonderful book.  Tucker takes you through all the challenges of living in a foreign country and the romance of the food.  I thought this book was a quick and easy read.

Title: Eat the City
Author: Robin Shulman
Type: Regional Food

Love to read about food?  Then this book is a great read.  I learned a lot about New York and the history of food in the big city.  You can read my review of the book here.

Title:  Artist's Journal Workshop
Author:  Cathy Johnson
Type:  Creativity

If you're interested in starting an art journal this book is a good place to start your journey.  Give yourself the freedom to practice and hone your artistic skills.

Title:  Big Magic:  Creative Living Beyond Fear
Author:  Elizabeth Gilbert
Type:  Motivational

I love the way she talks about telling your inner critic that they're welcome to come along, but they need to sit in the backseat and be quiet.  Creativity is just as much a gift to the creator, just as much as it is to the audience.  Seeking courage to embrace your inner artist?  Then this is a great book to get you on the right path.

Title: Rising Strong
Author:  Brene Brown
Type:  Motivational

The best thing I took away from this book is this quote - "When we own our stories, we avoid being trapped as characters in stories someone else is telling."This is a great read to start owning shame, learning to fall and even more importantly, learning to be brave and feel your way back up. this book is really about having the courage to live your life, all of it!

Title: An Everlasting Meal
Author:  Tamar Adler
Type:  Food

I love reading about food and this book is no exception.  What I enjoyed about this book is that it's more book than a cookbook.  There are recipes, but it's more about how to use what you have and cook without the step by step of recipe guidance.  It's a great read for any foodie or wannabe foodie.

Title: American Ghost: A Family's Extrordinary Histroy on the Desert Frontier
Author:  Hannah Nordhaus
Type: Biography, Travel literature

Parts of this book were a little slow, but overall this was a good read.  Having been to Santa Fe I could visualize the area and a few of the places she spoke of.

More Books Coming Soon!

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